Study Essentials

How to stop uni work ruining your holidays!

Emily CoatesDecember 27th
2018

Whilst it’s true that you should take the opportunity to relax a little over Christmas, universities seem to like setting assignments over the holidays which means that you can’t spend a month hibernating and finishing off that chocolate like you planned to.

I’d highly recommended making a list of everything that you need to get done over your Christmas break - right at the start of the holiday. Include any work that you need to do, emails you need to send, forms to fill in, and anything else you need to get done!

Then make a note of any deadlines, so you don’t have a last minute panic when January rolls around and you haven’t looked at your textbooks in a month. Next - rank these tasks in terms of their priority. Get a general idea of which task you should handle first! This should help you to complete the most important tasks, even if you don’t manage to get everything done.

This goes for any exam revision too - one of the best ways to organise your revision is to make a list of every topic you need to cover and then note down how confident you feel with the content. This gives you a clear list of things that you need to achieve as well as the general order that you should do it in so that you don’t end up in a situation where it’s time for your exams and you’ve only covered your favourite modules.

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It’s a good idea to dedicate a couple of days early in the holidays to uni work and revision. Complete any assignments that you have early on - that way, you’ll be able to kick back and enjoy the rest of your break. Christmas is a super busy time so it’s a good idea to block these days out as it’s very easy to get swept up in the festivities and realise that you don’t have enough time to finish everything off.

It’s soooo temptating to put your assignments off until another day. It’s totally understandable - after all, the idea of watching countless Christmas movies is much nicer than the thought of finally writing that essay. Tackle temptation by using a time tracker; this is a layout that allows you to note down what you did with your time during the day. This could be used for tracking how many hours you study for, but I also find it useful to see how much time I’m wasting on things like binge-watching Netflix. If you want to try this out for yourself, I’ve made a printable to help you out!

Hopefully these tips will help to make Christmas studying a little bit less painful or at least help you to finish it a little faster. Don’t forget to relax and enjoy the holidays too - after all, taking a break to have a bit of fun can be just as useful as studying sometimes!

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